The Bullard Lady Panther varsity volleyball team paused to honor the contributions and commitment of the team’s three senior players during the annual Lady Panther Volleyball Senior Night ceremony, held Tuesday, Oct. 10, inside Panther Gymnasium.
This year’s event took place in front of the capacity-filled home bleachers before the Lady Panthers took to the hardwood for a district contest against the Gladewater Lady Bears.
Senior athletes on the Lady Panther varsity volleyball team honored at the 2017 Senior Night event were Kailan Bellew, Kailey Consford, and Destinee Dixon.
Bellew, daughter of Melanie Bellew and Nathan Upton, serves as a defensive specialist for the Lady Panther varsity volleyball team. She has played one year on the varsity level, as well as two years on the junior varsity squad.
While attending BHS, Bellew has also participated in the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After graduation, Bellew plans to attend Tyler Junior College with the hopes of transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where she hopes to pursue becoming a math teacher and a coach.
Consford, daughter of Kami Adkins and Scott Consford, is one of the Lady Panthers’ outside hitters this season, having played on the varsity team for two years, as well as one year on the junior varsity level.
As a student at BHS, Consford is also involved with the newly established Lady Panther soccer program, as well as NHS and FCA.
After graduation, Consford plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and major in physical therapy or occupational therapy.
Dixon, daughter of Nanci and John Dixon, has participated in the Lady Panther volleyball program for two years on varsity and two years on junior varsity, and currently serves as the team’s setter.
While at BHS, Dixon has also represented the Lady Panthers on the softball and track and field teams, as well as been involved with NHS and FCA.
After graduation, Dixon plans to attend TJC in hopes of becoming a licensed nutritionist. She is currently committed to playing softball for the TJC Apache softball team.
“These three seniors have contributed so much to the program this year, not only with their leadership abilities, or their skill on the court but by helping create our culture that we want to be known for,” said Cristy O’Bannon, Bullard Lady Panther varsity volleyball head coach. “I’m extremely proud of the way they have brought this team together and mentored our younger players throughout the entire season.”
The Lady Panther varsity volleyball team was victorious in their Senior Night contest against the Gladewater Lady Bears, claiming the match victory in three sets, 25-9, 25-9, 25-14.